Overview

With over 7,000 years of history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect getaway from everyday life. Discover beautiful beaches desert oases, hot springs, and sand dunes, opulent hotels and rich culture, all surrounded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains. Enjoy incredible sunsets on picture-postcard beaches, stunning nature with terracotta deserts and high mountains.

For adventure seekers, the emirate is a great setting for scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, parasailing and with theme parks, kids clubs, shopping and safaris there's something for the whole family. here. Just 45 minutes from glamorous Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers an experience quite unique from that of its neighbouring emirates.

Highlights

There's more to Ras Al Khaimah than wildlife watching and desert safaris. Leave the resort and discover a colourful heritage and range of attractions.

Ancient Forts and incredible views

Located north of Al Rams, Dhayah Fort was built in the early 19th Century and was the site of the last battle between the British and local tribes. Climb the zig-zag staircase to the top and enjoy sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and the glorious Hajar Mountains.

Learn more about this fascinating emirate

Set within Ras Al Khaimah's old town quarter, the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum offers an interesting insight into the history and traditions of the area. Discover a rich variety of archaeological finds and historical information in one of the largest artefact collections in the United Arab Emirates.

Shop like a local

Between the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum and the sea, the Old Souq is busy with shoppers in the mornings and late afternoons buying everything from fabric and gold to kitchen items. Further along the creek, on the western shore, there's a fish market and a number of tea houses which are worth a visit, while another smaller souq nearby offers an interesting array of souvenirs.

Precious pearls

The first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, the Pearl Farm produces more than 100,000 pearls each year. Learn about the history of pearl farming before opening an oyster and keeping any of the precious pearls nestled inside.

The coolest place in the desert

Cool down and splash around at Iceland Water Park - the coolest place in the desert. Besides traditional water park activities, Iceland offers some unique attractions with the largest assortment of waterslides, a rain dance pool, aqua games and a dedicated area for kids, Kids Cove. Relax in a private cabana, chill on the large beach or enjoy snacks and drinks from one of the restaurants and cafés.

When to visit

Daytime temperatures from May to September rarely fall below 40°C, while between October and April the temperature averages around 30°C with little humidity. Although rainfall is minimal this normally occurs during the cooler months from January and March.